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Woman died of dehydration

A toxicology report for a 62-year-old Round Hill woman found dead in her apartment in September says she died of dehydration, the same cause of a 35-year-old woman who died the week before.

Carol Macken was found dead Sept. 28 when Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responded to her apartment on a welfare check after Macken’s daughter was concerned that she didn’t answer phone calls.

Lt. Mike Biaggini said an initial autopsy tested for common causes of death, such as drugs, but dehydration is harder to find and isn’t tested for right away.



“It’s just not one of those things that just stands out,” Biaggini said. “There’s an extensive process to make that determination.”

Debbie Bariames was found dead several blocks away at her Stateline apartment on Sept. 21 by deputies also conducting a welfare check. Inside, authorities found her body next to her malnourished infant son.




George Bariames, the husband of Debbie and father of baby “Nikky” sat on a nearby couch watching television.

Debbie Bariames was found to have died of dehydration as well. Biaggini said he has come across about a dozen cases of dehydration which have caused deaths over his 21 years as a law enforcer in Douglas County, but not two that happened within a week of each other.

“Certainly it’s odd you would have two cases like this so close together,” he said.

Authorities have ruled the cases are not related.

In other news:

–A 19-year-old from England had his $350 Burton snowboard ripped from his hands from a man who walked up to him to ask for directions then fled in a red two-door truck that was waiting nearby, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

The strong-armed robbery took place on Wednesday morning at Lakeview Plaza as the snowboard owner was walking through the center wearing headphones and having the snowboard in a bag which was slung over his shoulder, the officer said.

An unknown man walked up to him, asked what was in the bag, and took it from him after a struggle, the officer said. The robber then took off in the truck, where a driver was waiting.

–A 27-year-old man from Bristol, United Kingdom, was taken into custody for allegedly battering a peace office and resisting arrest after being escorted out of Nero’s Nightclub, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man was taken to the ground during a Jan. 7 scuffle with security and grabbed onto a deputy’s ankle who was doing crowd control, authorities said. The deputy pulled his ankle free and attempted to put handcuffs on the man, but the man rolled on his stomach, locked his hands underneath him and tried to kick the deputy twice, authorities said.

Deputies tried making the man comply with orders and after pressure points didn’t work, the man was hit with a flashlight, the deputy said.

–A 39-year-old Watertown, Conn. woman reported her four rings stolen from a piece of luggage that sat inside her Caesars Tahoe room from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The jewelry included a wedding, diamond and two sapphire rings and totaled more than $14,000.

–After placing five pieces of luggage at the Harveys Resort and Casino bus area Sunday and leaving for 10 minutes, a 41-year-old Cumbria, England man returned to find one of his bags missing, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said. The bag, a black Equator suitcase, had various clothes and with the contents, was estimated to be worth around $1,000, the deputy said.

–A 34-year-old employee at Harrah’s American River Cafe allegedly took 400 bus tickets worth $1.25 each that are used by employees to get a free bus ride home, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man was in the Harvey’s wardrobe asking for another name tag when the alleged incident took place, the deputy said.

–On Wednesday, a 22-year-old Incline Village man reported his snowboard boots and helmet worth $240 stolen from the trunk of his 1985 Toyota Camry after returning to the vehicle after going to Harveys Resort and Casino buffet, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.


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